Saturday 30 June 2018

Cromwell Bottom Wildlife Group are
pleased to work with Brighouse Ladies
Circle to raise money to fund  a
viewing platform to overlook the
lagoon at Cromwell Bottom 
This Saturday they are at the Brighouse Gala and your support will be appreciated 
Good Luck Ladies 

Friday 29 June 2018

Ringed Bluetits

Noticed a few ringed juvenile blue tits at the weekend. Have they been ringed by the group?

Thursday 28 June 2018

Moth Evening and Morning this weekend, June 30th and July 1st

There will be a moth evening at Cromwell Bottom this Saturday evening. Meet at the cabin at dusk and watch the moth trap. The moths will be identified the following day, Sunday, from 10:30 am onwards by Barry and Charlie. The cabin will be open on the Sunday for refreshments.

Saturday 23 June 2018

Woody Wood Pecker

Nice to se the Woodpecker this morning at the feeding area

Wednesday 13 June 2018

Goosander family

Hello all,
We are new to the group, having only just found the reserve in spite of living in the Brighouse area for many years.  On our first visit (1st June, evening) we came across a family of goosanders being panicked by a heron. On the way back to the car park via the canal bank we spotted them making use of an old tyre in the river.  Not sure if this is a common roosting spot or just a convenient place to stop off?

We returned twice during the following week but didn't see them in the same place again.  It would be nice to know if this is common behaviour or just a chance sighting.
Really impressed with the whole site, the bird feeding area in particular.  Many thanks to all those who have helped to create and maintain a local wildlife haven.  We look forward to visiting frequently in the future.

Monday 11 June 2018

North Loop

I had a wander round on Sunday morning (with permission :-) to do a bit of mothing and generally enjoy the solitude. It was a warm and generally sunny day so not surprisingly there was plenty of
lepidoptera on the wing - most notably this stunning Blood-vein to the west of the site by the Calder: It's more of a southern species with very few records in Calderdale.

There were a few species colonising the site which are more familiar on Tag meadow including a few Yellow Shells (below) and Shaded Broad-bars

It was nice to see quite a few burnet moth cocoons and pupae on the vegetation after their apparent demise in Tag meadow. Maybe they'll colonise in their thousands as the population has now gotten a foothold.

And one for the micro moth enthusiasts (what do you mean there aren't any :-) was this Eucosma cana on Yarrow.

Sunday 10 June 2018


Four-spotted Chaser and Broad-Bodied Chaser on the dipping pond today.

 Four-spotted Chaser

Male Broad-bodied Chaser

Few from Saturday morning

Saturday 9 June 2018

Pond Dipping

There will be a pond dipping session this Sunday 10th of June. Meet at the cabin for 10:30am. 

Friday 8 June 2018

Couple of insects

A couple of insects I managed to capture after a day's volunteering yesterday. The damselfly is a common blue and the beetle is a probable cassida sanguinosa.

Apologies that the photos are not up to the usual standard from the group but I try my best!

Lovely morning walk and quick visit to the feeding area.